By Shruti Sunderraman
That Trump is a walking disaster when it comes to women is known. After his shameful objectification of French first lady Brigette Macron, he found himself seated next to Akie Abe, the Japanese first lady at the G20 Summit dinner. Maybe Madame Abe didn’t want to be a part of Trump’s history with first ladies, maybe she wanted to avoid engaging in conversation with him or just plain thinks he does not deserve her time (you go, lady), she pretended to not know to speak English throughout the dinner.
Trump was quoted saying, “So, I was seated next to the wife of Prime Minister Abe [Shinzo Abe of Japan], who I think is a terrific guy, and she’s a terrific woman, but doesn’t speak English — like not ‘hello’.”
Hello, the joke’s on you, Trump. Madame Akie Abe not only speaks English but has also given complete speeches in English. Here’s a video of her giving the Keynote address at a R3ADY Asia-Pacific summit:
We’re all with Madame Abe for this clever tactic and so is Twitter.
Akie Abe is my new hero. pic.twitter.com/WEnjBsrRQ3
— Sam Thielman (@samthielman) July 20, 2017
Akie Abe pretending she doesn’t speak English to avoid talking to Trump is next level petty and I have nothing but respect for it pic.twitter.com/RYkTvw0Xs2
— Catie Hogan (@CatieHogan) July 20, 2017
Trump inaccurately complains about Akie Abe’s lack of English. But majority of foreign leaders he meets seem far more fluent than him
— Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor) July 20, 2017
While it might certainly be an unusual tactic to duck the Trump misogyny train, but how effective will this be in overall context? Is avoiding dialogue going to solve the problem?
But we can’t blame her to wanting to enjoy a dinner without having to deal with Trump. I certainly wish we had half her sass.
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